The Roanoke Rescue Mission has been busy this week preparing for a possible influx of homeless individuals and families seeking shelter.
The Rescue Mission is always open 24/7. Officials say the difference now is the possibility of high winds and flooding driving more people in who normally choose to stay outdoors to seek shelter
"Our highest priority is making sure everyone is safe and take care of," says CEO Lee Clark. "We're working closely with partners including the Homeless Assistance Team, RAM House and others to ensure that both emergency shelter and day shelter is provided and no one stays out in the storm."
Clark says the Mission's kitchen is prepared to serve at least 600 meals a day, even without power, and it is always open at lunch and dinner to anyone in the community who needs a meal. Additionally, staff will be on call to spend the night or be deployed from other departments if needed to help shelters and food service remain open and functioning. Other preparations have included ensuring lanterns, flashlights, batteries, first aid kits and radios are strategically placed across the Mission in the event of power outages.
The Roanoke Rescue Mission is located at 402 Fourth Street, SE, and is a non-profit grassroots organization.